The Autumnal Equinox occurs on Friday, September 23rd, at 2:05 am Pacific Daylight Time. This is one of the most powerful days of the year, when the transiting Sun crosses the Equator, and the days and nights are approximately equal in duration everywhere on Earth. For those of us who live north of the Equator, we are entering a three-month period (until the Winter Solstice, on December 21st) when the daylight hours decrease an average of about two minutes per day, and the duration of night time exceeds the daylight hours. This is a natural time for going within and seeking communion with our inner being. This supports spiritual and mystical development, contemplation and meditation. For those who live south of the equator, the daylight hours will increase and exceed the night hours during these coming three months. This time may well be used for expressing your energies outward and into the physical world.
At the time of the Autumnal Equinox, the Sun begins a 30 1/3-day transit of the creative, artistic, relationship-oriented sign of Libra. This is a fine time to express your creativity and to enjoy the arts. In general, Libra energies support socializing and doing things in partnerships. It is also a powerful time for gaining self-understanding through relationships and for seeking balance and harmony in our lives. Because the planet Saturn is in the sign of Libra at the same time, this is a special time for gaining personal mastery through commitments to integrity, functionality and truth in our relationships. Saturn urges us to be grounded and real in our physical world. While transiting the sign of Libra, until October 6th, 2012, Saturn urges us to be grounded, realistic and responsible with our relationships.